13 Jun 2013

BEATRIX POTTER, JRR TOLKIEN AND CHRIS P BACON TO NAME BUT THREE..

 I can't help but wonder if all libraries would be quite so generous. Dartford library has offered to waiver the estimated £3,000 fine for books he failed to return 50 years ago if Rolling Stone rocker Keith Richards agrees to make a personal visit to the library to publicise their work. MORE


Whoops! Supposed to be sitting an exam on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein pupils at a school were "horrified" to discover they had been taught the wrong Gothic text, two weeks before their A-level English exam. MORE

Hoping it will never come to this ....... 



... for as a friend pointed out Kindles are great but you never have to charge a book.


 I wonder what Beatrix Potter would make of The creators behind a new animated series due to air on CBeebies sees 'independently minded' Lily Bobtail, daughter of Dr Warren Bobtail, join boyfriend, Peter Rabbit, and his cousin Benjamin Bunny on their adventures. MORE 


Yet more of the 'Ex-telephone boxes' come libraries/book swaps that I featured HERE. My thanks to Kelly for this amazing POST.Though I do regularly donate books to the Read and Return scheme at the college where Husband dearest works I'd just love one of these sweet lending libraries in our garden.

And talking of Hd, this bit of news ought to please him and all of the other Tolkien fans out there. Published on May 23rd,The Fall of Arthur tells the extraordinary story of the final days of England’s legendary hero, King Arthur. MORE

Given that this year's Man Booker International prize went to Lydia Davis, an author best known for her short stories (and by short I mean stories as little as a sentence, a paragraph, 3 pages long), Christopher Ricks, chairperson of this year's judges, asks under what category do we file a short stories suggesting  we could always use Miniatures, Anecdotes, Essays, Jokes, Parables, Fables, Texts, Aphorisms, Apophthegms, Observations or perhaps Wisdom Literature. Hmm, what thinks you? Thanks to Paul for this article. PW

What a great idea. Given that the average book group is a melting pot of different views, with members often furiously debating the merits of the book under discussion (I know ours is) publishing company Hookline Books has decided to harness those opinions - by using book clubs to help them judge which of their manuscripts they should put into print. MORE

Chris P Bacon, a loveable piglet born without the use of his hind legs has overcome his disability to land himself an exclusive book deal as publishers, Hay House, who specialise in self-help and motivational media, are set to print three books about his adventures for children.


'Cat Got Your Tongue?' 'Where There’s Muck There’s Brass', 'Put a Sock in It- just three of the common sayings to be explored in a new book, Spilling the Beans on the Cat’s Pyjamas by Judy Parkinson, that reveals the origins and meanings of some of the most popular and obscure sayings that we use everyday. MORE


A new world record, witnessed by several readers who sat among the hardbacks as they toppled over, for the longest domino book chain was set at  the US Seattle Public Library after 2,131 books successfully fell against each other. MORE




Congratulations to A.M. Homes and her novel, MAY WE BE FORGIVEN , which has won the Women's Prize For Fiction 2013.






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13 comments:

Brandi Kosiner said...

That is quite the overdue fine...

Mama Zen said...

That 2025 cartoon cracked me up! It's coming . . .

Kelly said...

The clip was very impressive!!

While not a great Middle Earth fan, I do love Arthurian Legend and will check out the Tolkien work.

And even though I love books and will never give them up, I have to speak up in defense of my Kindle. It sure was nice to be able to read in the dark during a recent power outage. (without using a candle, that is)

Thanks for the link up!

Gina R said...

Heard about the fine waiving story...good grief! WORD on the "never have to charge a book" bit. LOVE the book swap ideas and I think I'd like Chris P Bacon's book though his name...um, yeah. *-* (Thanks for the share!)

EC Stilson said...

I LOVE the idea Hookline Books has--brilliant!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

oh gosh, that cartoon! I certainly hope that never occurs. And it's true, you don't need to charge books. that's why they are the best. ;)

-Lauren

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I'd love to do the Little Free Library, but I'm not sure it would survive in my neighborhood. I still would love to do one!

Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

I love the ex telephone book exchange boxes. Such a cool idea!

Book Domino's are pretty sweet too :)

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

So many wonderful tidbits about the book world. I can't imagine that library fine! But, at least it is easy to repay. :)

I love the free libraries I see! One of my friends started one and I think it is awesome.

Bo said...

Keith Richards can read???

Brian Joseph said...

I really love these posts where you highlight these quirky and funny events.


Lydia Davis sounds like an interesting and innovative author. I really need to take a look at her work.

Betty Manousos said...

the video was very interesting;

i love little free libraries. what a brilliant way to spread literacy especially in places where books are sorely needed like ghana..

big hugs! X

Claudine G. said...

I love that little free library box and its concept. Yikes on the wrong text studied ... and only discovered just two weeks before the 'A-levels' exam. (I've always thought my 'A-level' years were tougher than the university stretch.)